August 26, 2016

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Watch out! Children crossing. Credit: Vinicius Depizzol / Flickr Creative Commons

Technology is everywhere. From the moment we wake up, to the moment we turn out the lights, we’re either looking at a glowing screen, or it’s within arm's reach. And that’s got to have effects.

So yes, there’s been a lot of talk about what tech is doing to us. But what’s it doing to our kids? This week on Innovation Hub: coming of age in a digital world.

First up, childhood is starting to look pretty different from what most adults remember. Daniel Willingham argues that the changes may not be what you think; and that kids’ brains are evolving in unexpected ways.

Yes, technology is cool, but it’s certainly not a panacea; at least, according to Kentaro Toyama. He thinks we should approach the digital revolution a little more cautiously, especially when it comes to classrooms.

The idea of childhood -- or a specific age when kids are protected from hardship and responsibilities -- is actually pretty new. Paula Fass walks us through the history of mini-adults… I mean, children.

Looking to raise a baby Einstein? If so, Eric Weiner thinks you might want to give your child some space. “Creativity,” he says, “and especially creative genius, is a reaction to challenge.” So deboard that helicopter and make your parenting style a little more hands-off.

And finally, tech isn’t just changing how we learn; it’s also changing what we learn. But Ian Bremmer worries that schools are slow to catch up. So put down that textbook and put on a dashiki! It’s time to start learning cultures, not languages.

Ian Bremmer, childhood, Kentaro Toyama, Eric Weiner, Daniel Willingham, Paula Fass

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